Our office quite commonly represents individuals suffering from headache issues that have become severe, persistent and disabling such that they remain unable to work. Pursuing such a Social Security disability claim can prove to be a very difficult proposition.
Every claim requires that an individual begin by showing that they are suffering from a medically determinable severe impairment. The Social Security regulations (and, specifically, 20 C.F.R. §404.1521) requires as follows: “[y]our impairment(s) must result from anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities that can be shown by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques. Therefore, a physical or mental impairment must be established by objective medical evidence from an acceptable medical source.” This can be easier said than done when it comes to headaches.
There are a panoply of medical conditions that can result in headaches. However, the more difficult circumstance is where the diagnosis itself is simply that of simply experiencing chronic headaches.